“Gifts from God that are not acknowledged as such are deadly to the soul, because they thicken the illusion of self-sufficiency that leads to overconfidence and sets us up for failure.” (Prayer: Experiencing Awe And Intimacy With God by Tim Keller, @timkellernyc) When we understand that every gift we possess is a gift from God, we become poised for success because then we give Him the glory for every talent and accomplishment. Our life endlessly glorifies Him. This is a daily decision.

However, it’s not just a mental assent or a discipline of the will, it’s an attitude which permeates our heart when we are humble and thankful. We are genuinely grateful to God and it’s manifested throughout our day. For example, if a client thanks me for a victory in court, I could easily just say: “You’re welcome.” While there’s nothing horribly wrong about that response, it does fail to acknowledge the role of God. As my relationship with God has grown, so has my dependence upon Him in everything. It’s routine for me to ask for His guidance in my law practice. Thus, when a client thanks me–I have a story about God’s guidance. How it lights me up to tell them of His brilliant wisdom! Other times, there may not be a specific story, but there’s always the wondrous testimony that everything good in me is from Him! When this attitude rules my heart, it’s natural to consistently give credit to God for my gifts!

The Bible says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James‬ ‭1:17‬) Think about your gifts. Do you allow your intelligence to glorify God or to garner praise for yourself? Is your athleticism a pedestal for you or Him? Is your outward beauty presented to draw attention to sin instead of the light of God’s presence? The lost world needs to see Him–not us. We each have gifts. We each have a choice about how to use them. The Bible makes it clear that we were created for God’s glory. (1 Peter 4:10-11) When our talent is given back to Him–we are the most successful people in the world!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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